Nigeria: “NSCIA Addresses Economic Concerns Following Fuel Subsidy Removal, Launches Ummah Care Initiative for Emergency Relief”

Nigeria: “NSCIA Addresses Economic Concerns Following Fuel Subsidy Removal, Launches Ummah Care Initiative for Emergency Relief”

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has voiced its deep concern regarding the current economic challenges faced by the country, particularly in the aftermath of the removal of fuel subsidies. In a statement issued by the Secretary-General, Prof. Is-haq Akintola, the NSCIA highlighted the severe impact of subsidy removal on the economic well-being of Nigerians.

Expressing empathy for the citizens grappling with the economic fallout, Akintola acknowledged that the ongoing challenges compound the difficulties faced by those still recovering from the repercussions of terrorism and insecurity. The Secretary-General noted that meeting basic needs has become a luxury for a significant portion of the Muslim population, turning survival into a daily battle for many households.

To address the pressing needs of the Muslim Ummah, the NSCIA established the Mission for Education, Society, and Health (MESH) in 2016. MESH has actively intervened in educational, social, and health concerns within the community, working towards its mission of alleviating suffering and providing support to the vulnerable.

In response to the intensified economic hardship resulting from subsidy removal, the Ummah Care Initiative has been conceived as an emergency palliative intervention. This initiative aims to mitigate the effects of economic challenges on the vulnerable members of the Muslim Ummah. The NSCIA emphasized that this initiative would complement the efforts of the federal and state governments in providing relief to Nigerians.

The statement highlighted concerns about discrimination in the distribution of government interventions, citing a case study of Plateau state where Muslims have allegedly been excluded. In light of this emergency situation, the Ummah Care Initiative plans to mobilize resources nationwide to assist socially excluded members of the Muslim community.

Once the emergency intervention is complete, the Initiative will dissolve into MESH, which will continue its ongoing work of alleviating the suffering of Nigerian Muslims. This includes offering hope to the poor and meeting the basic needs of the most vulnerable members of the community.

As the NSCIA takes steps to address the economic challenges faced by the Muslim Ummah, it calls attention to the need for inclusive relief efforts and emphasizes the ongoing commitment to improving the well-being of the Nigerian Muslim population.

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